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Joker: Who plays Robert De Niro in the new DC Comics?

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Joker received an eight minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival. Fans are desperate to see the origins of their favourite super villain. But fans are even more excited to see who veteran actor Robert De Niro will be playing.

Robert De Niro is set to play Murray Franklin, a talk show host who has a hand in comedian Arthur Fleck becoming the Joker.

According to Indiewire, De Niro has cited his own work in Martin Scorcese’s King of Comedy as an important link to Joker.

The 1983 film follows Rupert Pupkin, a down-on-his-luck comedian who uses criminal means to get the attention of a talk show host who mocked him, played by Jerry Lewis.

Joaquin Phoenix will play the titular role in what some are calling an Oscar-worthy performance.

He will play Arthur Fleck, whose poor luck in the comedy circuit mixed with his own demons lead to his turning to a life of crime.

Alongside him is Zazie Beetz, a single mother and Arthur’s love interest, while Frances Conroy plays Penny, his mother.

Other stars include Marc Maron, playing an agent, and Bryan Called as a stripper.

Naturally, the Wayne family are also in the film, with Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth, Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, father to Bruce, who grows up to become the Joker’s nemesis.

The DC Extended Universe has so far included Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman and Justice League, to name a few of the films.

So far, the Joker has appeared once in Suicide Squad, where Jared Leto portrayed him as an almost gangster-like figure.

While many fans may be excited at the idea of this movie being the beginning of Joaquin Phoenix’s stint in the DCEU, it has been reported one of his attractions to the role came in the fact he would not have to portray the Joker in multiple movies.

 

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